American Civil War Era Sheet Music Collection

Dates: 1845-1918, bulk 1862-1864. Size: 5.5 linear feet in 2 boxes and 2 bound volumes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Music played an essential role during the American Civil War, both for the soldiers actively fighting and people on the home front. The majority of the sheet music in this collection was published during the American Civil War, by Chicago music publishing companies Root & Cady and H.M. Higgins, featuring composers and lyricists like Henry C. Work and George F. Root. [Finding aid]